Asian

Dainty Sichuan Food, Box Hill – get some hot pot action

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on December 7, 2013

After all these years I still haven’t been to the original Dainty Sichuan Restaurant in South Yarra. But to make up for it, I’ve dined at its sibling quite a few times already.

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Food Republik, Box Hill

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on December 5, 2013

I went through quite a few of the comments and reviews of this place on Urbanspoon and although agree that there is a bit of an ‘attitude’ and service can be turned up a notch, it is what the food that really matters I think. Yuye and I both quite like this place, especially their [...]

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Taste of Melbourne 2013, preview at Longrain

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on November 13, 2013

Time has just gone by so fast this year and it’s already time for the 2013 Taste of Melbourne! In fact, it runs from 14 – 17 November 2013 (which starts tomorrow!). Like last year, this year’s ToM will be held at Albert Park. A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to attend a [...]

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Taketori Fusion Japanese, Melbourne

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on September 10, 2013

A few weeks back I was lucky enough to have been invited by Annie, co-owner of Taketori Japanese Fusion to dine at their newly established restaurant on busy King St. Whenever I hear ‘fusion’ I don’t know what to expect. It turns out that Taketori serves up fancy bistro style modern Japanese dishes, a little [...]

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Purple Peanuts Japanese Cafe, Melbourne

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on July 29, 2013

In a city with no shortage of sushi joints, you’d need to have a point of difference to make it to the top. Purple Peanuts Japanese Cafe does this well.

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U-Village, St Kilda

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on April 29, 2013

Most Asian restaurants I’ve been dining at recently have been fast food or close to it. There is one exception, and that’s U-Village in St Kilda. When I was given the chance to dine there as their guest, I was a little unsure as to what to expect, but I was very pleasantly surprised.

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Sake Restaurant & Bar, Melbourne

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on March 11, 2013

Since I started the liquor business I haven’t really had the time to visit the city much so I was enwrapped when I was invited to sample the menu at Sake Restaurant & Bar one summers night a few weeks ago at the newly revamped Hamer Hall at the Arts Centre.

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Monga Izakaya (sweets & sake bar), Glen Waverley

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on January 15, 2013

It was not long ago that Yuye and I were discussing just what restaurants Glen Waverley needed. It’s starting to turn into Malaysia town with my favourite Hong Kong style cafe, Star East Cafe, closing not too long ago. What’s opening in its place I hear you ask? Pappa Rich that’s what. So hence my [...]

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Wabi Sabi Garden, St Kilda

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on November 29, 2012

The Japanese culture heavily embraces Buddhism and thus Buddhist teachings. One of the concepts that was derived from its teachings is the acceptance of all things ‘imperfect, impertinent and incomplete’, also known as ‘wabi sabi‘ in Japanese. Wabi sabi is an aesthetic that considers imperfect things beautiful, such as an unfinished, rough or unsymmetrical object, [...]

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Gaijin Lunch Bar, Melbourne CBD

by Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake on November 6, 2012

I always have trouble finding restaurants to dine at on Friday nights. Being as indecisive as I am (and the rest of my friends too), we always tend to leave things to ‘fate’. There was one week when we finally decided on a restaurant only to find out when we arrived that the menu has [...]

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